The local off stream creek that runs out of the Nepean River at Yarramundi NSW had us flicking surface lures such as Cicada's, Sebile Koolie shallow Minnow's and Jitterbugs in hope to snag a fighting Australian Bass.
This creek known as South Creek is stocked with all sorts of freshwater species such as Bass, Euro Carp, Freshwater Eels and off course those pesty turtles that steal your worms right off your hook.
|47cm Australian Bass|
|20cm Australian Bass|
Firstly we may be imitating a fish, insect, lizard, crayfish, or shrimp that is part of the food chain in that particular piece of water. Some anglers refer to this as a feeding bite, Insect life is pretty much non existant unless its on sundown and Bass very much know this. Secondly we may be tapping into the fishes instinct and / or aggression, AKA a "reaction strike".
|60cm European Carp|
Alternatively a fish may also "react" for territorial reasons; species like Murray Cod and Saratoga have reputations for being highly territorial, bass however are usually a more social species. Reaction strikes are usually violent affairs with the fish running on all cylinders.
Small Baitfish are attuned to staying well hidden from predators during daylight hours & can be more active early morning & late afternoon.
|Quiet Day On A Local Creek|
Much Luck was achieved with catching Bass as some reaching 36cm great fish to catch as they jump in a spectacle display so acrobatically in the air. amazing fish to catch in a freshwater environment.
Leaving the Bass fish alone for a while we began to throw some Bread tightly packed on a size 2 Mustad Suicide hook with no sinker or swivel just straight 10 pound braid with 20 pound leader in search of a giant Carp as the European Carp in this body of water are an umbundance.
|Measuring 60cm On The Brag Mat|
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